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CAUT stands with striking Cape Breton University Faculty Association

(Ottawa – January 27, 2023) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is offering its full support to members of the Cape Breton University Faculty Association who have gone on strike to achieve a fair contract.

“We recognize that it is a difficult situation for everyone, especially the students. But we are ready to walk the picket line if that’s what it takes to get an agreement we can accept,” CBUFA spokesperson Peter MacIntyre said.

Job security and pay remain contentious issues according to a statement from the CBUFA. During conciliation, the Association reduced its salary demands, but the administration’s counteroffer will still leave members falling behind the cost of living. By contrast, the senior administration gave themselves a 10% raise this year.

“The union’s proposals are fair and reasonable,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “We urge the administration to come to the table and negotiate a deal that addresses the concerns members have about job security and compensation.”

CAUT is the national voice of 72,000 academic staff at over 120 universities and colleges.